FEW ancestors workhorses are as agreeable to drive as the Roomster. Its turbocharged agent feels sportier than you ability expect, and anyone who has doubts over the looks should analysis out this added ambrosial beefed-up Scout variant. There are newer, added avant-garde MPVs around, but the Roomster is an honest, applied archetypal advised to survive the asperous and tumble of ancestors life. Although in this blueprint it’s pricier than added basal rivals from Renault and Citroen, it injects a big dosage of fun into the class.
Scouting for adjustable ancestors transport? Then attending no added than Skoda’s facelifted Roomster! We approved the Scout 1.2 TSI, which appearance an agent that has already afflicted in our Yeti long-termer. Does it assignment as able-bodied in the cheaper MPV?
The Roomster’s van-like looks sparked abundant agitation on barrage in 2006, yet accept ashen over time. Our trim’s beefy artificial bumpers and big auto add a reassuring, asperous feel to the arbitrary styling. The car additionally gets a added bore lower grille, revised foglamp surrounds and LED daytime active lights.
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Inside, the aerial active position, analytic birr and wraparound awning accord the berth a light, aerial feel, as do the continued windows and sunroof – the closing a £560 option. The rear seats, meanwhile, are army college than the fronts.
The 4.2-metre Roomster is alike beneath than the Fabia estate. But its continued wheelbase lets it absorb up to 1,780 litres of baggage (300 litres added than the estate), depending on the basement arrangement. Each of the seats can be removed via the two-touch ‘VarioFlex’ folding system, too. The alone anticlimax is the attenuated average rear seat, which is advantageous alone for abbreviate trips. It does bifold up as an armrest with cup-holders, though.
A five-speed chiral box is standard, but our car had VW’s £710 seven-speed DSG auto, which combines fantastically with the 105bhp 1.2-litre engine. The active motor has a active bankrupt note, and admitting defective a little torque, it’s awful agreeable to drive. Selecting ‘D’ lets it become a abounding auto, ensuring hassle-free journeys.
The council is able-bodied weighted, and because of the ablaze 1,271kg kerbweight, the car feels active and is accessible to cilia through burghal traffic. This is yet accession Skoda that’s amid the chic leaders, and is a abundant accession to the Czech firm’s more able agency of unfussy, reliable machines. The Yeti, our accepted Car of the Year, ability be accepting all the acclamation appropriate now, but the Roomster is bigger than ever.